1 Thing each day – gratitude in photos – one thing I am grateful for each day

Gratitude expressed in a photo a day in 2014-2015- Grace in the little things…

I am also doing a photo a week aimed at improving my photography skills by doing a challenge. You can find these photos here

2015 (scroll down for 2014)

03.29-Picking blue bonnets at sunset
03.29-Picking blue bonnets at sunset
03.28-face painting snuggled against tia
03.28-face painting snuggled against tia
03.26-A fun day at the lake...
03.27-A fun day at the lake…
03.25-Ice cream date!!!
03.26-Ice cream date!!!
03.24-time with Tia
03.25-time with Tia
03.23-bedtime snuggles on our last night together
03.24-bedtime snuggles on our last night together
03.23-A day at the childrens museum
03.23-A day at the childrens museum
03.22-ice cream date with the cousins!
03.22-ice cream date with the cousins!
03.21-Teaching Neal to make South Sudanese coffee
03.21-Teaching Neal to make South Sudanese coffee
03.20-a spontaneous dinner out when our dinner engagement was cancelled - such fun!
03.20-a spontaneous dinner out when our dinner engagement was cancelled – such fun!
03.19-Coloring time with the cousins...
03.19-Coloring time with the cousins…
03.18-Coffee...really makes all things better!
03.18-Coffee…really makes all things better!
03.17-A very bad day with a thrown out back...made better with this cuddler
03.17-A very bad day with a thrown out back…made better with this cuddler

 

03.16-Breakfast with these amazing folks
03.16-Breakfast with these amazing folks
A date with this man...
A date with this man…
03.14-Henna night with sweet friends
03.14-Henna night with sweet friends
03.13-W-man playing with his new friend A.
03.13-W-man playing with his new friend A.
03.13-A day at the zoo with friends
03.13-A day at the zoo with friends
03.17-A fun day romping in the snow
03.11-A fun day romping in the snow
03.10-Our third succombs to the flew-but we are all on get well drugs...
03.10-Our third succombs to the flew-but we are all on get well drugs…
03.09-Exploring our nations capital
03.09-Exploring our nations capital
03.08-Energy enough to play with gifts from our "uncle eric" ... rubber band guns and army men so fun!
03.08-Energy enough to play with gifts from our “uncle eric” … rubber band guns and army men so fun!
03.07-Seeing our sweet "cousins" and loving on Mikey
03.07-Seeing our sweet “cousins” and loving on Mikey
03.06-Urgent care = quality medical care for this sick little boy and a doctor with the forsight to prescribe the anti-viral med proactively for our entire family. (yea!)
03.06-Urgent care = quality medical care for this sick little boy and a doctor with the forsight to prescribe the anti-viral med proactively for our entire family. (yea!)
03.05 - Storytime with all the "cousins" with Uncle B...
03.05 – Storytime with all the “cousins” with Uncle B…
03.04-Fun at the beach with friends in Charleston SC
03.04-Fun at the beach with friends in Charleston SC
03.03-Goodbyes are so hard...walking to the bus stop on our last day in FL before driving to SC
03.03-Goodbyes are so hard…walking to the bus stop on our last day in FL before driving to SC
03.02-Fun with friends...
03.02-Fun with friends…

 

A surprise visit from Uncle B. and Auntie M. was soo awesome!
03.01 -A surprise visit from Uncle B. and Auntie M. was soo awesome!
02.28-On the road to FL rocking pink car seats :-)
02.28-On the road to FL rocking pink car seats 🙂
2.27-Dinner and games with some of our favorites. We love you G and S!
2.27-Dinner and games with some of our favorites. We love you G and S!
2.26-Puddle stomping in the slush/snow...seeing my kids in cold weather clothing is so odd!
2.26-Puddle stomping in the slush/snow…seeing my kids in cold weather clothing is so odd!

 

 

2.25-Eating dinner with all these folks we loved and served with in South Sudan...love them!
2.25-Eating dinner with all these folks we loved and served with in South Sudan…love them!
2.24-Trying desperately to stay awake until 7pm...jet lag is a beast but playing games is fun!
2.24-Trying desperately to stay awake until 7pm…jet lag is a beast but playing games is fun!
2.23-Sleeping after the end of 36 hours...these poor dears were wiped out!
2.23-Sleeping after the end of 36 hours…these poor dears were wiped out!
2.22-Waiting for leg one of our 36 hour flight to our passport country...these tired four were so good!
2.22-Waiting for leg one of our 36 hour flight to our passport country…these tired four were so good!
2.21-Playing a favorite game with friends
2.21-Playing a favorite game with friends
02.20-our director/friend came over and after our work took five minutes to ride with the kids...they loved it!
02.20-our director/friend came over and after our work took five minutes to ride with the kids…they loved it!
02.18-All the kids together playing games...such a great day!
02.18-All the kids together playing games…such a great day!

 

02.17-They are back! They are back! and look at my full house of friends (happy heart here!)
02.17-They are back! They are back! and look at my full house of friends (happy heart here!)
02.16-Last day (for J--) of working on a carpentry project with the youth for a secondary school in South Sudan...grateful for a skilled husband
02.16-Last day (for J–) of working on a carpentry project with the youth for a secondary school in South Sudan…grateful for a skilled husband

 

02.15-Someone gets stressed by packing so he curled up in his known blanket and read...good choice buddy!
02.15-Someone gets stressed by packing so he curled up in his known blanket and read…good choice buddy!

 

02.14-Lunch with this sweet boy and his mommy.
02.14-Lunch with this sweet boy and his mommy.

 

02.13-Date night with this handsome man sushi and great conversation...
02.13-Date night with this handsome man sushi and great conversation…
02.11-Playing Dutch Blitz with my girls and Auntie Bri...defeat by only 2 points...next time!
02.11-Playing Dutch Blitz with my girls and Auntie Bri…defeat by only 2 points…next time!
01.10- Sweet giggles and game playing with Dad spontaneously after a long work day. Love these five more then words can  say.
01.10- Sweet giggles and game playing with Dad spontaneously after a long work day. Love these five more then words can say.

 

02.09-"goggle eyes" an indication that lots of fun was had swimming in the water with siblings after a long hot school filled day.
02.09-“goggle eyes” an indication that lots of fun was had swimming in the water with siblings after a long hot school filled day.
02.08-A friend that's been in her life for almost 3 years. This is a long time for our constant moves and their sweet giggles and conversations are such a sweet blessing to see.
02.08-A friend that’s been in her life for almost 3 years. This is a long time for our constant moves and their sweet giggles and conversations are such a sweet blessing to see.
02.07
02.07-Friends that make us laugh, play time and water to cool down in that is more blue then green…
02.06-Fabric shopping at my favorite haunt downtown five floors of bartering insanity (and lovely prints) plus a bus ride to boot (always an adventure here)
02.06-Fabric shopping at my favorite haunt downtown five floors of bartering insanity (and lovely prints) plus a bus ride to boot (always an adventure here)
02.05-Time for blood draws and stool and urine samples, times six. I am grateful for my brave kids (and an extra set of hands)
02.05-Time for blood draws and stool and urine samples, times six. I am grateful for my brave kids (and an extra set of hands)
02.04-Yup this unedited photo is the water my kids swam in...I am grateful for baths...
02.04-Yup this unedited photo is the water my kids swam in…I am grateful for baths…
02.03-Brothers wrestling...
02.03-Brothers wrestling…

 

02.02-Aunties to hold hands with and chat with ... and invite to live with us...we love you that much Evie!
02.02-Aunties to hold hands with and chat with … and invite to live with us…we love you that much Evie!
02.01 - Bike riding and Aunty Claire time
02.01 – Bike riding and Aunty Claire time
01.31-Shilluk dancing at a celebration
01.31-Shilluk dancing at a celebration

 

01.30- exercising with mommy
01.30- exercising with mommy
01.27-another day at the pool to beat the heat!
01.27-another day at the pool to beat the heat!
01.25-Learning about the armor of God...
01.25-Learning about the armor of God…
01.24- These boys were laughing and joking with each other...brothers
01.24- These boys were laughing and joking with each other…brothers
01.23 - Worshiping with this group of folks. Over 8 heart languages singing "God is so good". Amen.
01.23 – Worshiping with this group of folks. Over 8 heart languages singing “God is so good”. Amen.
01.22- We are pruned but in the grace of God can still grow
01.22- We are pruned but in the grace of God can still grow
01.21- Sleeping on the way to SLC...his older brother offered him his lap...sweet boy!
01.21- Sleeping on the way to SLC…his older brother offered him his lap…sweet boy!
01.20-These crazies trying to help get us all in the birthday mood...
01.20-These crazies trying to help get us all in the birthday mood…
01.19-swimming in the pool trying to cool off
01.19-swimming in the pool trying to cool off
01.18 - Enjoying a warm drink before church
01.18 – Enjoying a warm drink before church
01.17- Birthday fun with this lovely lady for her birthday...
01.17- Birthday fun with this lovely lady for her birthday…
01.16-J-- teaching the kids chess. They love it!
01.16-J– teaching the kids chess. They love it!
01.15-Fresh fruits and veggies to cook with. Such a huge gift!
01.15-Fresh fruits and veggies to cook with. Such a huge gift!
01.14-Unpacking in a day (and decorating too). Too bad this isn't a marketable skill set! Grateful to feel settled...
01.14-Unpacking in a day (and decorating too). Too bad this isn’t a marketable skill set! Grateful to feel settled…
01.13-waiting for yet another red-eye flight and spending hours at the airport - but what fabulous travel buddies I have!
01.13-waiting for yet another red-eye flight and spending hours at the airport – but what fabulous travel buddies I have!
01.12-Jumping outside on the trampoline with friends
01.12-Jumping outside on the trampoline with friends
01.11-Living this crazy adventure of life with my man...
01.11-Living this crazy adventure of life with my man…
01.10-Flower-girl saving the butterfly from a spiders web...
01.10-Flower-girl saving the butterfly from a spiders web…
01.09-Spotting this beauty so close to our car...
01.09-Spotting this beauty so close to our car…
01.08-Fake hippos which are more fun then real and friends to play with
01.08-Fake hippos which are more fun then real and friends to play with
01.07-My man fixing the water tank in Uganda
01.07-My man fixing the water tank in Uganda
01.05-Last day in the city we've called home for a year...
01.05-Last day in the city we’ve called home for a year…
Hair cuts for the girls before leaving - how do they get so big so fast?
01.04 Hair cuts for the girls before leaving – how do they get so big so fast?
This crew of friends. And a morning playing together by the Nile
01.03 This crew of friends. And a morning playing together by the Nile
01.01- This dear soul that captured our hearts
01.02- This dear soul that captured our hearts
01.01-Movie time after a long day of packing up the house
01.01-Movie time after a long day of packing up the house

 

My gratitude journal 2014- Inspired by my sister one thing I am grateful for each day for 2014. Sometimes grace can be found in all the little things…

December

12.31-New Years game playing
12.31-New Years game playing
12.30-Matching sisters
12.30-Matching sisters

 

12.29-Someone is trying to look like Grandma...
12.29-Someone is trying to look like Grandma…

 

12.18-Fun times with friends at school
12.28-Fun times with friends at school

 

12.27-Building legos with Daddy
12.27-Building legos with Daddy

 

12.26-this cutie playing games with me
12.26-this cutie playing games with me
12.25-Christmas with some of our favorites
12.25-Christmas with some of our favorites
Cooking a big dinner with this amazing woman
Cooking a big dinner with this amazing woman
12.23-window clings to help remind us it is winter
12.23-window clings to help remind us it is winter
12.22-celebrating flower girl at her school with some cake
12.22-celebrating flower girl at her school with some cake
12.21-Birthday girl!
12.21-Birthday girl!
12.20-snuggles with my boys
12.20-snuggles with my boys

 

12.19-church with Uncle Chris
12.19-church with Uncle Chris
12.18-celebrating 10 years of marriage
12.18-celebrating 10 years of marriage
12.17-these cuties
12.17-these cuties
12.16-shopping with Dad for a new coat...movies!
12.16-shopping with Dad for a new coat…movies!
12.15-These stockings that help us remember the season of Advent
12.15-These stockings that help us remember the season of Advent
12.14-decorating gingerbread houses
12.14-decorating gingerbread houses
12-13-homemade eggnong
12-13-homemade eggnong
12.12-our own nativity
12.12-our own nativity
12.11-metro station riding
12.11-metro station riding
12.10-a fun weekend with this fabulous family
12.10-a fun weekend with this fabulous family
12.09-cutting out gingerbread houses
12.09-cutting out gingerbread houses
12.08-making gingerbread dough with these cuties
12.08-making gingerbread dough with these cuties
12.07-A day at the park
12.07-A day at the park
12.06-an all nighter at the airport and creative minds
12.06-an all nighter at the airport and creative minds
12.05-a house full of family
12.05-a house full of family
12.04-A day sightseeing with family
12.04-A day sightseeing with family
12.03-Crafts at the Nuba cultural center
12.03-Crafts at the Nuba cultural center
12.02-A beautiful sunset and this man
12.02-A beautiful sunset and this man
12.01-Snuggles with grandparents
12.01-Snuggles with grandparents

November

11.30

11.29-Sightseeing with Poppa
11.29-Sightseeing with Poppa
11.28-Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations
11.28-Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations
11.27-A day a the market
11.27-A day a the market
11.26-Medical care when needed
11.26-Medical care when needed
11.25-A fun day trip
11.25-A fun day trip
11.24-Lunch with mom and dad
11.24-Lunch with mom and dad
11.23-A day at the beach
11.23-A day at the beach
11.22-Poppa comes
11.22-Poppa comes
11.21-Fish bake feast
11.21-Fish bake feast
11.20-coffee date
11.20-coffee date
11.19-Exploring coptic Cairo with my love
11.19-Exploring coptic Cairo with my love
11.18-These sweet boys
11.18-These sweet boys
11.17-Care packages!
11.17-Care packages!
11.16-enjoying the Red Sea
11.16-enjoying the Red Sea
11.15-late night ice cream date
11.15-late night ice cream date
11.14 -Grandma's here
11.14 -Grandma’s here
11.13-Dressing up in the park
11.13-Dressing up in the park
11.12-falling asleep on brother
11.12-falling asleep on brother

 

11.11-Dressing up for fun
11.11-Dressing up for fun
11.10 -another birthday to celebrate
11.10 -another birthday to celebrate
11.09-glowsticks in the bathtub
11.09-glowsticks in the bathtub
11.08-This sweet lady's wedding day
11.08-This sweet lady’s wedding day
11.07-diving with a friend
11.07-diving with a friend
11.06-Thanksgiving Tree
11.06-Thanksgiving Tree
11.05-game playing
11.05-game playing
11.04-birthday party with friends
11.04-birthday party with friends
11.03-this cutie pie
11.03-this cutie pie
11.02-play date with friends
11.02-play date with friends
11.01- a fun imaginiation
11.01- a fun imaginiation

October

10.31- love my sweet girls
10.31- love my sweet girls
10.30 - snuggles with kitty
10.30 – snuggles with kitty
10.29- sleeping in the taxi
10.29- sleeping in the taxi
10.28 - laughing really hard at silly  shoes
10.28 – laughing really hard at silly shoes
10.27 - a day at the park
10.27 – a day at the park
10.26- facemasks with grandma
10.26- facemasks with grandma
10.25 - all being packed in one car
10.25 – all being packed in one car
10.24- unexpected lunches
10.24- unexpected lunches
10.23 - playing scrabble
10.23 – playing scrabble
10.22- the Mediterranean sea
10.22- the Mediterranean sea
10.20 laughter at the park
10.20 laughter at the park
10.19- out to eat with grandma and grandpa
10.19- out to eat with grandma and grandpa
10.18-getting to shop outdoors for veggies
10.18-getting to shop outdoors for veggies
10.17- sweet friends that make goodbyes so hard to say
10.17- sweet friends that make goodbyes so hard to say
10.16 my little girl looking so big
10.16 my little girl looking so big
10.15- school time art
10.15- school time art
10.14- My four year olds drawing of the creation story
10.14- My four year olds drawing of the creation story
10.13- falling asleep in the taxi
10.13- falling asleep in the taxi
10.12 - sweet flower girl showing her hair unbraided
10.12 – sweet flower girl showing her hair unbraided
10.11- coloring at the park
10.11- coloring at the park
10.10- water seminar
10.10- water seminar
10.09- sillies before bedtime
10.09- sillies before bedtime
10.08- being too tired to watch a movie
10.08- being too tired to watch a movie
10.07 - the kids thoughts on who our family is
10.07 – the kids thoughts on who our family is
10.06- time with this lady
10.06- time with this lady
10.06- water purification filter for water  seminar
10.06- water purification filter for water seminar
10.04- learning new things about culture all the time
10.04- learning new things about culture all the time
10.03- Small gas engines class
10.03- Small gas engines class
10.02- a3id crafts
10.02- a3id crafts
10.01 - Community meeting with these guys
10.01 – Community meeting with these guys

September

31-W-man enjoying drawing
31-W-man enjoying drawing
30-getting to study and work at school
30-getting to study and work at school
29-paper dolls
29-paper dolls
28-meat buying at 3eid
28-meat buying at 3eid
27-friends play date
27-friends play date
26-W-man his sweet kitten
26-W-man his sweet kitten
25-this place I study and worship at
25-this place I study and worship at
24-lego building
24-lego building
23-lego building
23-lego building
22-Sweet PJ wearing her SS necklace
22-Sweet PJ wearing her SS necklace
21-everyone getting ready for 3Aed.
21-everyone getting ready for 3Aed.
20-W-man sharing his favorite meal
20-W-man sharing his favorite meal
19-creative PJ's rendition of her as a princess
19-creative PJ’s rendition of her as a princess
18-J-- planking it
18-J– planking it
17-ancient sights in Aswan
17-ancient sights in Aswan
16-language study with this lady
16-language study with this lady
15-a silly story from a silly girl
15-a silly story from a silly girl
14-science experiment on water quality
14-science experiment on water quality
13-watching Dad row
13-watching Dad row
12- My amazing artist
12- My amazing artist
11-The money in J--'s wallet ... think he is a traveler?
11-The money in J–‘s wallet … think he is a traveler?
10-a sick boy and a Dr to take him to
10-a sick boy and a Dr to take him to
09-sweet cuddles with my baby
09-sweet cuddles with my baby
08-eggs ready to pain with Grandma
08-eggs ready to pain with Grandma
07-These superheros
07-These superheros
06-W-man reunited with his elephant from South Sudan
06-W-man reunited with his elephant from South Sudan
05-a sleepover in the living room
05-a sleepover in the living room
04-A beautiful Juba sunset
04-A beautiful Juba sunset
03- seeing pictures of this beautiful lady
03- seeing pictures of this beautiful lady
02- a gift of my favorite SS snack from a friend
02- a gift of my favorite SS snack from a friend
01-seeing photos of kids playing in the mud
01-seeing photos of kids playing in the mud

August

 

31-Seeing Marsa again
31-Seeing Marsa again
30-so tired he is fast asleep
30-so tired he is fast asleep
29-Uncle Chris to play with
29-Uncle Chris to play with
28- getting to visit our home in South Sudan
28- getting to visit our home in South Sudan
27-food to share in South Sudan
27-food to share in South Sudan
26-science experiments with Dad
26-science experiments with Dad
25-fun ice cream dates
25-fun ice cream dates
24-getting to school these guys
24-getting to school these guys
23- not combing Flower-girls hair for a week
23- not combing Flower-girls hair for a week
22- a sweet friend to braid with
22- a sweet friend to braid with
21-a quiet street to walk down
21-a quiet street to walk down
20-the cat getting used to folks
20-the cat getting used to folks
19-hours and hours of train time
19-hours and hours of train time
18-a new cat
18-a new cat
17-dinner out
17-dinner out
16-a play time after church with friends
16-a play time after church with friends
15-a husband who goes above and beyond
15-a husband who goes above and beyond
14-sweet friends to live life with
14-sweet friends to live life with
13-the sun streaming through leaves on my walk
13-the sun streaming through leaves on my walk
12-this little water spout that sounds like rain
12-this little water spout that sounds like rain
11- how bikes can carry anything
11- how bikes can carry anything
10-kids that take photos on my camera
10-kids that take photos on my camera
09-sweet folks that greet me
09-sweet folks that greet me
08-anafora contemplation and quiet time
08-anafora contemplation and quiet time
07-anafora exploring
07-anafora exploring
06-fresh fruits and vegetables
06-fresh fruits and vegetables
05- another tooth lost
05- another tooth lost
04-all dressed for ballet
04-all dressed for ballet
03-sweet boys
03-sweet boys
02-a long train track
02-a long train track
01-Amazing lighting in a restaurant with friends
01-Amazing lighting in a restaurant with friends

July

07.01- lounging and reading
07.01- lounging and reading
07.02-this big smile
07.02-this big smile
07.03 - ready for holiday with new suits
07.03 – ready for holiday with new suits
07.04- baked a holiday cake
07.04- baked a holiday cake
07.05-this sweet face
07.05-this sweet face
07.06-gifts for friends
07.06-gifts for friends
07.07 - game night
07.07 – game night
07.08 - this big castle
07.08 – this big castle
07.09 - time with family
07.09 – time with family
07.10 - time with grandma and grandpa
07.10 – time with grandma and grandpa
07.11- these sweet friends
07.11- these sweet friends
07.12 - a lovely wedding
07.12 – a lovely wedding
07.13- an amazing architectural tower
07.13- an amazing architectural tower
07.14- time with my sisters
07.14- time with my sisters
07.15- loving time with familly
07.15- loving time with familly
07.16- bridal shower fun
07.16- bridal shower fun
07.17- cuddles with my man
07.17- cuddles with my man
07.18-matching hats
07.18-matching hats
07.19 - reading at nap time
07.19 – reading at nap time
07-20 these sweet faces shooting a self photo
07-20 these sweet faces shooting a self photo
07.21-celebrating the bride to be
07.21-celebrating the bride to be
17-22 loving loving little mans self portraits
17-22 loving loving little mans self portraits
07.23 - sweet sweet kiddos
07.23 – sweet sweet kiddos
07.24 - all ready for the beach!
07.24 – all ready for the beach!
07.25- just looking silly
07.25- just looking silly
07.26 - lovely day on the M. sea
07.26 – lovely day on the M. sea
07.27 - wearing matching outfits
07.27 – wearing matching outfits
07.28 - ballet practice
07.28 – ballet practice
07.29 - team time
07.29 – team time
07.30 - super hero brothers
07.30 – super hero brothers
07.31 - studying luke
07.31 – studying luke

June

07.30-friends at school
06.30-friends at school
07.29 free soda at the shopping center!
06.29 free soda at the shopping center!
07.23-day at the moviees
06.28-day at the moviees
07.27 - chai on the street each morning
06.27 – chai on the street each morning
07.26 One of my favorite boabs
06.26 One of my favorite boabs
07.25 - um...how is this comfortable
06.25 – um…how is this comfortable
07.24- old town with friends
06.24- old town with friends
07.23- I love these gems
06.23- I love these gems
07.22 W---'s drawing of people right now
06.22 W—‘s drawing of people right now
07.21 J--'s first rowing competition
06.21 J–‘s first rowing competition
07.20 - dancing at friends' wedding
06.20 – dancing at friends’ wedding
07.19 outside an embassy.
06.19 outside an embassy.
07.18 a play date with a friend...
06.18 a play date with a friend…
07.17 this street is one of very few that has garbage baskets along the street
06.17 this street is one of very few that has garbage baskets along the street
07.16 a chair on the street gets a facelift
06.16 a chair on the street gets a facelift
07.15 a mahal down the road
06.15 a mahal down the road
07.14 experiment time with Dad
06.14 experiment time with Dad
07.13- building on a street nearby
06.13- building on a street nearby
07.12 So many street kittens
06.12 So many street kittens
07.11 little sister reading to her brother
06.11 little sister reading to her brother
07.10 A local butcher
06.10 A local butcher
07.09-school at the cafe
06.09-school at the cafe
07.08-W--- loves his kitten
06.08-W— loves his kitten
07.07 kittens everywhere
06.07 kittens everywhere
07.06- my favorite vegetable seller
06.06- my favorite vegetable seller
07.06 - so there is a big boy in our house who can *almost* get dressed by himself
06.05 – so there is a big boy in our house who can *almost* get dressed by himself
07.04- dance recital
06.04- dance recital
07.03 - we have indians in the house?
06.03 – we have indians in the house?
07.02- waiting for a taxi
06.02- waiting for a taxi
07.01 the boys at a cafe
06.01 the boys at a cafe

May

31-Beach day and D--man sporting some awesome sunscreen
31-Beach day and D–man sporting some awesome sunscreen
30-The boys and their ben ten watches...
30-The boys and their ben ten watches…
29 -Ngamelut playing with the kitty
29 -Ngamelut playing with the kitty
28-The girls and I write messages back and forth in these books to each other. Love it!
28-The girls and I write messages back and forth in these books to each other. Love it!
27-election day here. Showing some local country excitement!
27-election day here. Showing some local country excitement!

 

26-The kitten tried to eat boiling chicken and fried his whiskers. So sadly funny...
26-The kitten tried to eat boiling chicken and fried his whiskers. So sadly funny…
25-Ads delivered to our doorstop that crack me up!
25-Ads delivered to our doorstop that crack me up!
24-A balcony to ride a bike on (he really does enjoy it...)
24-A balcony to ride a bike on (he really does enjoy it…)
23-the baptism of our second born
23-the baptism of our second born
22-Game night at our apartment with friends
22-Game night at our apartment with friends
21-PJ learning to cook in her "cooking class". Her first time baking a cake from scratch
21-NgaMelut learning to cook in her “cooking class”. Her first time baking a cake from scratch
20-the chance to study...as frustrating as it is at times I am thrilled to be making progress
20-the chance to study…as frustrating as it is at times I am thrilled to be making progress
19-Park day with my kidlings
19-Park day with my kidlings
18-Playing in the park with friends
18-Playing in the park with friends
17-a car cemented into the street instead of being towed...
17-a car cemented into the street instead of being towed…
16-Sweet little kitten (we love our MishMish)
16-Sweet little kitten (we love our MishMish)
15-celebration time with this dear friend..another month done!
15-celebration time with this dear friend..another month done!
14- Skyping with family
14- Skyping with family

 

13-A special group of folks to serve alongside
13-A special group of folks to serve alongside
12-A Dad who makes knight costumes out of pizza hut boxes
12-A Dad who makes knight costumes out of pizza hut boxes
11-sheep on my walk to school
11-sheep on my walk to school
10-Kitty and J-- sitting in a chair
10-Kitty and J– sitting in a chair

 

09-A husband who makes these
09-A husband who makes these
08-Making icing people on our fingers with my dear friend B--
08-Making icing people on our fingers with my dear friend B–
07-the girls reading to the boys on the couch
07-the girls reading to the boys on the couch
06-Snuggles with the kitten while I study
06-Snuggles with the kitten while I study
05-a lunch date with my hubby while the kids are in school
05-a lunch date with my hubby while the kids are in school
04-My kids reading Arabic script! So grateful for their school.
04-My kids reading Arabic script! So grateful for their school.
03-a tea party for 6-8yr olds celebrating Ngameluts birthday
03-a tea party for 6-8yr olds celebrating Ngameluts birthday
02-our friends Jeff and Heather - they know why this symbolizes them we love you guys!
02-our friends Jeff and Heather – they know why this symbolizes them we love you guys!
01-making invitations to a birthday party
01-making invitations to a birthday party

April

30-starting our 3 day weekend off with a movie night with a dear friend.
30-starting our 3 day weekend off with a movie night with a dear friend.
29-ice cream from a roadside vendor for 25cents on a 40C day...yum!
29-ice cream from a roadside vendor for 25cents on a 40C day…yum!
28-A birthday dress from Grandma that she loves
28-A birthday dress from Grandma that she loves

 

27-celebrating 8yrs with Ngamelut
27-celebrating 8yrs with Ngamelut
26-A 3d movie to celebrate Ngamelut's 8th birthday
26-A 3d movie to celebrate Ngamelut’s 8th birthday
25-W-man loving his kitty
25-W-man loving his kitty
24-a day at the red sea...ahh!
24-a day at the red sea…ahh!
23-the opportunity to formally study Arabic
23-the opportunity to formally study Arabic
22-snuggles with MishMish who has decided he loves Ngamelut
22-snuggles with MishMish who has decided he loves Ngamelut
21-a new kitten to snuggle with
21-a new kitten to snuggle with
20-family time at Easter
20-family time at Easter
19-my men in the morning watching cartoons
19-my men in the morning watching cartoons
18-A band in my living room
18-A band in my living room
17-Skype and family
17-Skype and family
16-hearing about the kids day at school
16-hearing about the kids day at school
15-This view from my hospital room
15-This view from my hospital room
14-Fort building
14-Fort building
13-My littlest love for puzzles
13-My littlest love for puzzles
12-Glow stick dance parties on the beach
12-Glow stick dance parties on the beach
11-The Mediterranean sea.
11-The Mediterranean sea.
10-a train ride for a holiday away
10-a train ride for a holiday away
19-New books to read
09-New books to read
08-Dinner with the team
08-Dinner with the team

 

07-School time
07-School time
06-Arabic Classes
06-Arabic Classes
05-A smoothie made at home
05-A smoothie made at home
04-Fun drawings
04-Fun drawings
03-A faluca ride as a family
03-A faluca ride as a family

 

02-fort building

01-dinner with new friends
01-dinner with new friends

March

31- love CC and the rhythm it gives to our school day
31- love CC and the rhythm it gives to our school day
30-A superhero that defends me from anything that needs defending...
30-A superhero that defends me from anything that needs defending…
29-Amazon Prime and PBS shows that allow us to sleep in on Saturday mornings
29-Amazon Prime and PBS shows that allow us to sleep in on Saturday mornings
28-A silly boy who prefers sleeping in his closet over sleeping in his bed
28-A silly boy who prefers sleeping in his closet over sleeping in his bed
27-a beautiful view and family walk around the Nile
27-a beautiful view and family walk around the Nile
26-A preschool the kids love and cannot wait to attend each day - that is improving their language!
26-A preschool the kids love and cannot wait to attend each day – that is improving their language!
25-Dinner out with teammates just because we like being with each other.
25-Dinner out with teammates just because we like being with each other.
24-Poppors Penguins before bed
24-Poppors Penguins before bed
23-stuffing shirts with felt food to make them look "full"
23-stuffing shirts with felt food to make them look “full”
22-time with the other gals on our team to shop an outdoor market
22-time with the other gals on our team to shop an outdoor market
21-Friends to play duck duck goose with at church
21-Friends to play duck duck goose with at church
20-Dinner as a family to celebrate the end to a week
20-Dinner as a family to celebrate the end to a week
19-cuddles with Dad on the couch
19-cuddles with Dad on the couch
18-a beautiful gift from my sister to help make our apartment home
18-a beautiful gift from my sister to help make our apartment home
17-memory with Dad ... W--is getting quite good!
17-memory with Dad … W–is getting quite good!
16-sleeping boys
16-sleeping boys
15-a skype date with really dear friends
15-a skype date with really dear friends
14-A picnic in an awesome park made of man-made caves
14-A picnic in an awesome park made of man-made caves
13-dance parties with Dad
13-dance parties with Dad
12- a little boy who loves hats, and saying cheese...
12- a little boy who loves hats, and saying cheese…
11-sheets and a blanket for our bed (soo much more comfortable!)
11-sheets and a blanket for our bed (soo much more comfortable!)
10- homemade soft pretzels...mmm
10- homemade soft pretzels…mmm
09- good friends over for dinner and brothers that love each other dearly
09- good friends over for dinner and brothers that love each other dearly
08-a haircut for my little man - who actually can see again!
08-a haircut for my little man – who actually can see again!
07-an evening with friends
07-an evening with friends
06-duplos to play with - we are making houses with wheels
06-duplos to play with – we are making houses with wheels
05-a new niece. I am so in love!
05-a new niece. I am so in love!
04-rice paper for making springrolls at the local store...and kids that love them. Delicious lunch alert!
04-rice paper for making springrolls at the local store…and kids that love them. Delicious lunch alert!
03-found rootbeer for the first time on this continent at the store right down the street...mmmm
03-found rootbeer for the first time on this continent at the store right down the street…mmmm
02-flowers for the deck (and a husband with an eye to pick them and arrange them)
02-flowers for the deck (and a husband with an eye to pick them and arrange them)
01-pyramids and fun with teammates
01-pyramids and fun with teammates

February

28-worship day and matching beautiful kids ready for church
28-worship day and matching beautiful kids ready for church
27-family dinner and the ability to host in our new home
27-family dinner and the ability to host in our new home
26-a dinner out...seriously can you believe it?
26-a dinner out…seriously can you believe it?
25-dinner with dear dear friends
25-dinner with dear dear friends
24-a bed to sleep in... and boys that figured out how to fall asleep in it.
24-a bed to sleep in… and boys that figured out how to fall asleep in it.
23-we are all together which means we are home...Danny has found people watching a great hobby
23-we are all together which means we are home…Danny has found people watching a great hobby
22-on the airplane ready to see Dad...cuties
22-on the airplane ready to see Dad…cuties
21-we leave tomorrow morning to see Dad...yea!
21-we leave tomorrow morning to see Dad…yea!
20-aprons and dresses made at the tailor for the girls
20-aprons and dresses made at the tailor for the girls
19-healing wounds of trauma facilitator training with my team
19-healing wounds of trauma facilitator training with my team
18-a pig playing in the gutter outside the car window
18-a pig playing in the gutter outside the car window
17-a ride to the healing wounds of trauma facilitator training.
17-a ride to the healing wounds of trauma facilitator training.
16-SS bracelets for my girls that they never take off
16-SS bracelets for my girls that they never take off
Nap Mats that help tired girls fall fast asleep
Nap Mats that help tired girls fall fast asleep
14-my valentines day dates
14-my valentines day dates
13-tea with my friend Nyadeng before she leaves on HA
13-tea with my friend Nyadeng before she leaves on HA
12-this man sitting on my lap snuggling after nap
12-this man sitting on my lap snuggling after nap
11-toi market clothes since mine are in south sudan. Cannot beat 25 cent shirts!
11-toi market clothes since mine are in south sudan. Cannot beat 25 cent shirts!
10-no electricity so a quiet evening with tea, candles and a book
10-no electricity so a quiet evening with tea, candles and a book
09-Matching suits for my handsome men
09-Matching suits for my handsome men
08-saturday date day a merry go round!
08-saturday date day a merry go round!
07-train building
07-train building
06-dressing our baby like a south sudanese baby (with beadwork around the midsection)
06-dressing our baby like a south sudanese baby (with beadwork around the midsection)
05-creativity to give her dolly a place to call home
05-creativity to give her dolly a place to call home
04-dental visits for the whole family...that went well!
04-dental visits for the whole family…that went well!
03-yogurt for lunch every day
03-yogurt for lunch every day
02-playgrounds at church and friends
02-playgrounds at church and friends
01 stick dance party for family game night- glo
01 stick dance party for family game night- glo

January

27 a chance to "talk" to my love countries apart
27 a chance to “talk” to my love countries apart
28-bracelet making kits to explode creativity.
28-bracelet making kits to explode creativity.
26-cars to play with
26-cars to play with
25- friends to cry and laugh with
25- friends to cry and laugh with
24-Truth from God's word
24-Truth from God’s word
23-Weather cold enough to start the day with coats
23-Weather cold enough to start the day with coats
22-Family time
22-Family time
21-Brother hugs
21-Brother hugs
20-Pool time together in the "summer" and lots and lots of giggles
20-Pool time together in the “summer” and lots and lots of giggles
19- Most of our teams mk's all together watching a movie. So glad they have each other
19- Most of our teams mk’s all together watching a movie. So glad they have each other

 

18-Sushi with sweet friends
18-Sushi with sweet friends
17-play time with friends and Nyadeng watching kids so we could have a year end review interruption free
17-play time with friends and Nyadeng watching kids so we could have a year end review interruption free
16-Family game night - Sardines...
16-Family game night – Sardines…
15-care packages that make us feel so loved and prayed for
15-care packages that make us feel so loved and prayed for
14-an unexpected reunion of friends
14-an unexpected reunion of friends
13-Back as neighbors together. Really love these five!
13-Back as neighbors together. Really love this family and enjoying meals, laughter and conversation together.
12-An amazing sermon that spoke to my soul and grocery carts perfectly sized for a two year old
12-An amazing sermon that spoke to my soul and grocery carts perfectly sized for a two year old
11-great friends, campfires and ping pong
11-great friends, campfires and ping pong
10-that our family can cram in the back seat of a mini van to get driven home...
10-that our family can cram in the back seat of a mini van to get driven home…
09-celebrating 33 years of life with Sushi and a move. Ruth is the hero of the day for babysitting!
09-celebrating 33 years of life with Sushi and a move. Ruth is the hero of the day for babysitting!
01.08
08-a bath to bathe them in
07-Milkshakes with all four talking about "what is next" with our family
07-Milkshakes with all four talking about “what is next” with our family
06-Affordable Nairobi flowers from my man.
06-Affordable Nairobi flowers from my man.
05-the men in my life and what a great Dad He is...
05-the men in my life and what a great Dad He is…
04-listening to little hearts as I teach them to free hand crochet...the South Sudan way.
04-listening to little hearts as I teach them to free hand crochet…the South Sudan way.
03-holding hands and going on a walk as 2yr old D chats about his day.
03-holding hands and going on a walk as 2yr old D chats about his day.

 

02 - Lunch with friends whose home and future is also unknown.
Lunch with friends whose home and future is also unknown.
01- new year soccer/futball match with new friends and cheering on my husband with the kids.
01- new year soccer/futball match with new friends and cheering on my husband with the kids.

We seek to empower our children, our teammates and our Sudanese friends to love and know more of who God is through acts of loving service and biblical teaching.

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